Lightweights booked for June 22 card
A lightweight bout between two recent UFC contenders looking to get back in the win column has been booked for this summer.
Though a venue has not officially been announced by the UFC, the event will be the promotion’s return to Atlantic City, N.J., for the first time since UFC 53. It will also be the UFC’s second event in the Garden State in a two-month stretch after UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller in East Rutherford on May 5.
Maynard (10-1-1, 1 NC, 8-1-1, 1 NC UFC) will fight for the first time since the first loss of his career, a fourth-round knockout at the hands of then-champion Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC 136 in October. That fight was a rematch from their famous draw in a lightweight title fight at UFC 125.
Prior to his loss to Edgar, who went on to drop the lightweight belt to Ben Henderson last month, Maynard won eight straight in the UFC after his appearance on Season 5 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” including seven straight decision victories over the likes of Edgar, Jim Miller, Nate Diaz and Kenny Florian. Maynard recently announced a camp change from his longtime home at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas for training opportunities including the American Kickboxing Academy and Nova Uniao, where he recently helped featherweight champ Jose Aldo prepare for a title defense against Chad Mendes.
Guida (29-12, 9-6 UFC) last fought in November in the co-main event at UFC on Fox in Anaheim, Calif., dropping a unanimous decision to Henderson in a top lightweight contenders fight. Henderson earned a title shot against Edgar at UFC 144 and won the lightweight belt in a unanimous decision – though the close fight earned Edgar a rematch later this summer.
The loss to Henderson snapped a four-fight winning streak for Guida that saw him win three straight by submission followed by an upset of former WEC champ Anthony Pettis. Two of those victories were Submission of the Night bonus winners.